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Athens 2004: Trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wins first silver medal for India

first_imgIndia silver age: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wins laurels and the medalGo wrestle an alligator. Try drop kicking a giraffe. Or better still step into anouzo-soaked tavern on the Piraeus port side and announce that the Olympiakos football team sucks.Duel with death however you like. But do not, do not,India silver age: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wins laurels and the medalGo wrestle an alligator. Try drop kicking a giraffe. Or better still step into anouzo-soaked tavern on the Piraeus port side and announce that the Olympiakos football team sucks.Duel with death however you like. But do not, do not ever, tell the man with the old-fashioned moustache and a Perazzi shotgun, that Indians have no killer instinct.Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, trap shooter and one-time terrorist hunter, has tested out that theory in ways that we will never comprehend. Today as he stands on a hillside outside Athens, a silver disc in his pocket, the Meltemi wind blowing the flags of the world above his head, he has become the answer to the perennial question from a country haunted by sporting self-doubt. He is reassurance and redemption on two legs.THE MEDAL HUNTERMajor Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreNickname: Chilly Born: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, January 29, 1970 Height: 6 ft Weight: 80 kg World ranking: 3 ARMS’ MAN: He is the quintessential soldierEvent: Men’s Double TrapYear he began shooting:1998 Major achievements: 2002:Gold Medal, Commonwealth Games, Manchester. 2003:Bronze Medal, World Shotgun Championships, Nicosia, Cyprus.Gold Medal, Afro-Asian Games, Hyderabad. 2004:Gold Medal, World Cup, Sydney.Gold Medal, Asian Clay Shooting Championships, Bangkok.Gold Medal, Masters Meet, Czech Republic.Silver Medal, Athens Olympics. On a sweet Tuesday at the Olympic Games, Rathore had to call for his last two shots in the final of the men’s double trap. He did not look at the scoreboard but sensed the chasing pack was close. “I knew that we would get hurt if I missed,” he says. “We” is just one billion people whose ghosts had begun to gather in the usual foury early formation. Standing on the shooting station, Rathore thought of them too-the apocryphal stories of how Milkha looked back, how Sriram went too quickly and how Usha was just that lunge too slow. He should have had the shivers but he was too far gone.advertisementAs the announcer called out the names of the finalists, he stood unresponsive, head bowed, field of vision shrunk to the rim of the trap at his feet, noise blocked out by plugs stuffed in his ears. He was in a place without memory or emotion. “Because emotions make you weak,” he says.There was one memory, though, hardwired into his brain, when as a boy he would go hunting with the men in his family and was given one, maybe two bullets. His father’s words stayed with him. Make every shot count. Rathore’s gun barked twice and it was done.India won its first individual silver medal at the Olympics and its first in Athens. No killer instinct? Hey, go find someone else to pick on.War metaphors are ugly misfits in sport, but with Rathore, 34, they are impossible to ignore and actually form a part of his story. By the time he was 24, he, the only son of an army family, led 120 men in tracking militants in Kashmir with 9 Grenadiers. By 26, the unit he belonged to had killed 300 terrorists, he had been shot at several times and had collected four bullet holes in his rain cape. It should be the story of every crack Olympic shooter but it is not, for the sport is desperate to be seen as a gentle, middle-class pursuit. So Rathore’s past life makes officials jittery. The day after the medal, national coach Sunny Thomas flitted around anxiously as the questions came thick and fast.”Have you… killed a man? What is the difference between shooting and… shooting?” Arms crossed, Rathore explained calmly, “Target vs precision, minding life vs the life of the mind.” Rathore has turned the silver over to India. Whenever an Indian grasps his hand in Athens to congratulate him, he replies, “Congratulations to you.” He first stepped onto a range as recently as 1998, when the army decided to put up a shooting team. The sport and its discipline have sucked him in since.From the sportsman who loved hearing the cheers of the crowd when he competed as a young officer, now all he seeks is the clarity that comes upon the athlete in the pure silence of competition.Rathore says, “Your performance is a mirror image of yourself, how you feel inside. You are a champion one day and a loser the next.” Controlling who shows up when is the trick.The Indian public met Rathore the champion at the threshold of history on the Olympics finals day. He was the third Indian shooter to make to an Athens final in four days. There was nothing to him but an unknown face hidden by a visor and glasses and a voice calling “Pull” and that big gun.advertisementMinus the tools of his trade, Rathore is the quintessential Indian fauji, a term that does not quite translate into plain old soldier nor look half-way real when encountered in Hindi films. Champion act: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the finalHe is the onewholooks a little askance at us wild, clueless civilians but remains well-spoken and thoughtful, remembering to open doors for women and ask incisive questions of men, whose attachment to blood and nation runs a little closer to the bone and leaves the rest feeling like inadequate, ungrateful cynics. In this jaded day and age, who else but a fauji would want to send his precious Olympic medal around the country so children can look at it, touch it and be moved to seek more than silver? Yet this is a conditional sentimentality, detached from the mission, the job.When asked about the pressure of the Olympics, Rathore said he told himself that unlike the World Championships, only 24 countries would be shooting. He also told himself, “While it may be a big event for the media it is just another event for you.”Coming from anyone else, it would have sounded boastful but not, as it turns out, from a man who has made it to the finals of all major championships in the past 18 months.”I knew that we all would get hurt if I lost in the finals at the Olympic Games.” MAJOR RAJYAVARDHAN SINGH RATHORE, OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALLIST Rathore’s self-analysis is brutal. “When you pull the trigger it should be with courage, not weakness. If you miss a target for reasons other than technical ones, it means the pressure is getting to you, and you are being weak-hearted.”Rathore’s Olympics were a campaign planned with the expertise expected of this NDA graduate who took his master’s in strategic studies. He trained on his own until January this year and in April went west to work with the greats. Based in Lonato, Italy, he found a group to help him. Gunmaker Mauro Perazzi is one of them and after the final he rushed up shouting, “Rathoray!” Along with former world champion Luca Marini, he was coached by Australia’s former Olympic champ Russell Mark who was at hand to congratulate his student in Athens. “I am very proud of him. He showed character,” says Mark. Rathore’s mission in the past two years was to discover a simple truth: “Whether I was good enough or not.” In between competitions, he spent three hours at a time working with Perazzi to fine-tune the setting of the walnut-wood stock that jackhammers into a shooter’s shoulder every time a shot is fired. He alternated between shooting 70-80 shots a day and scaling down to stay fresh. Between April and August, he charted out the work to be done, the number of shots to be fired, events to be attended, to be missed. He has spent only four months in the past two years with family, his doctor-wife Gayatri and two children. As Athens drew close, he even knew what he would wear on competition day. advertisementFamily shot: Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore son Manavaditya, wife Gayatri and mother ManjuHe wore an army-style bandana like the soldiers do on night-time missions in Kashmir, but not black nor tricolour. He couldn’t have the flag on his head and not win. The Indian flag was sewn onto his special shooting jacket. Even when friends scolded him for bad PR, Rathore thought competition and not column inches in newspapers. He won’t talk about it but word is that when he went looking for corporate sponsorship, the response from the big wigs was at best farcical. Today the number of redfaced suits going “hell and damnation” will probably make up a handy new infantry regiment. This individual may have worked so hard, so alone and for so long, but he has already turned the medal over to the collective he represents-Indian shooting and India.Whenever an Indian shakes his hand in Athens and congratulates him, he replies, “Congratulations to you.” After the men’s 10 m rifle final, a group of shooters had stood around commiserating with Abhinav Bindra’s family. Veteran Mansher Singh said, “Shooting is going to take off the day an Indian wins an Olympic medal.You just watch the day it happens.”With disappointment at being hexed at the final hurdle yet again, Mansher’s dream had seemed like a very long way away.Twenty-four hours later, trapshooter Manavjit Singh got near Rathore, shouting, “Chilly… buddy!”, and hugged him for an eternity. The winner stayed composed and crushed, and for the younger man it wasn’t just the sun shining in his eyes. In the background, there was Mansher through with gabbling to Indian TV stations. He bellowed to no one in particular and the world at large, “The day is here!” Indian shooting must now seize it.last_img read more


Jitu does not want 2022 CWG boycott on shooting issue

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Star marksman Jitu Rai today said the imminent dropping of shooting from the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be a huge loss to the country but felt that India should not resort to a boycott of the quadrennial multi-sporting event due to the issue. Former shooter Jaspal Rana recently said that India should boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the Birmingham organisers decided to drop shooting — an optional sport for the CWG — due to logistical issues. But Jitu, who won a gold in the 50m pistol event in the 2014 Glasgow CWG, begged to differ. “Yes, it will be a huge loss to India because shooting is one sport which is giving the country a lot of medals. I am personally disappointed that shooting is most likely to be dropped from 2022 CWG,” he said at the sidelines of the sending-off ceremony of the Indian contingent for the Gold Coast Games here. “But it is not that shooting will be dropped forever or continuously. It is the choice of the organisers of a particular CWG as it is an optional sport. It (shooting) may return in another Commonwealth Games, it all depends on the host country. So, I feel it is not advisable to boycott a particular Games by India on the ground that shooting is not there,” said the 30-year-old highly decorated marksman. The Nepal-born shooter said he was confident of retaining the 50m pistol gold he won in Glasgow in 2014. “The focus is to win gold again in Gold Coast. I am pretty sure I can win a gold this time also. The preparation has been good and I am ready for the Games physically and mentally.”advertisement Asked about his technique which has fetched him and the country a lot of medals, he said, “Every shooter has a different technique. Some will shoot after 15 seconds or some will shooter later. I have my own technique and rhythm is important for me.” PTI PDS PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more


Emmanuel Ogbah Records First Career NFL Sack on Marcus Mariota

first_imgOklahoma State’s top rushman from a year ago is making his mark early in his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns. Emmanuel Ogbah has seen a fair share of playing time this season, and on Sunday, he broke through with his first career NFL sack on Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota.Ogbah’s career is already off to a booming start for Cleveland and continues on an upward trajectory, despite the Browns woes in the win column. It’s safe to say this probably won’t be the last time we see Ogbah in an NFL backfield this season wreaking havoc just like the Browns expected after drafting him with pick No. 32 in the 2016 NFL draft.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


Notebook: Oklahoma State-Texas Tech

first_imgVery cool helmets for Senior Day!! #osufbequipmentcrew— Robert Allen (@RAllenGoPokes) November 12, 2016• Tim Brando was more concerned about Mahomes getting to 4,000 yards than I was about my children speaking their first words.• I felt like Tech had 25 third and ones in the first half.• Three straight drives of 75 yards that resulted in TDs. Impressive.screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-4-10-16-pm• The Jalen McCleskey fumble was almost a back-breaker. It let Tech tie the game at 28 at the end of the first half. Games like these with big boy offense mean that single turnovers can completely flip games. OSU flipped it back when Vincent Taylor picked up a loose ball in the fourth quarter thankfully, but it’s strange that McCleskey (of all people!) could have provided the mistake that cost you as a two-TD favorite at home.• Oklahoma State’s 605 yards were the fifth-most a team has gained on Tech this year. Fifth!• For how disciplined Kliff seems to be, his team seem pretty undisciplined. They get an average of 68 penalty yards per game, but were only clipped for 15 yards on Saturday. Of course OSU had 80 penalty yards.• We got the full Gundy tonight.Gundy looks incredible right now. The full mullet flow. The old throwback sweatshirt. Big 12 title on the line.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016• Tech’s receivers had a lot of drops. Kliff must love that.• Justice Hill was in 5th grade the last time Tech won. He was four years old the last time Tech won in Stillwater (also, Kliff was the QB the last time Tech won in Stillwater).• Tim Brandon calling Texas Tech “bush league” for not including a player who switched numbers on its numerical roster was pretty humorous to me.• Vincent Taylor could have run through that hole Rennie Childs ran through in the second half. Mah gosh.screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-10-13-39-pm• Tech finished 11/20 on third and fourth down. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Tech, but that was pretty frustrating to watch.• From our Slack chat: How much does Patty Mahomes look like Yeah Yeah from Sandlot?!screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-9-53-39-pm• OSU didn’t close like I would have thought in the fourth quarter. I really thought the depth was going to shine through late, but Tech scored on its final three drives.• Jordan Sterns had a tremendous final game at BPS. Eight tackles and two TFLs. Gonna miss that dude.• Tre Flowers going with the Carolina blue mouthpiece was interesting.screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-5-37-55-pm• Vincent Taylor has better hands than Rashaun Woods (probably).• I thoroughly enjoyed the play where Pat Mahomes would step forward towards his center and hit a quick-slanting WR over the middle. I wish Oklahoma State would implement that.• Wut?Pretty insane number here for The President.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016• I still think Gundy needs to hire an end-of-game clock manager. You could pay him $500,000, and he would have already made you money this season!• This was tremendous.Awesome look at the #okstate band honoring the military with a purple heart at halftime.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016 I pounded out my 10 thoughts on the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game here, but we need to get to the notebook. Tons to talk about. Mason Rudolph, James Washington, Chris Lacy, Chris Carson. All the Chris’. All the storylines. Let’s get to work.• My first note was: “How many stops do you need against Texas Tech?” The answer is apparently six as long as they miss the extra point at the end. OSU’s defense faced 13 Tech drives. It got six stops and gave up six TDs and a FG.• Pat Mahomes looked like he was running around on Seth Russell’s leg. What was up with that? If he’s playing with an injury as severe as it appeared, he’s even more of a gamer than I thought (and I already thought he was a massive gamer).• Three straight three-and-outs for Tech to start the game against OSU in the same week Donald Trump was elected president. What a time to be alive. OSU took advantage (sort of), but it really felt like you needed three TDs on those three drives. They only got two.• I like the bandana print on the arm sleeves and socks. I don’t like it on the helmets.• I wish I was as good at anything as Mason Rudolph is at throwing comeback sideline routes.• One of the announcers referred to James Washington as “a high hip guy.” I have no idea what this means, but I feel extremely confident that I am not a “high hip guy.”• Definitely was said.”I own you, Kliff. And I know you want my hair.”— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016• It has to be so difficult for things to not go your way when you aren’t Iowa State or Kansas bad, but it feels like every 50/50 ball turns against you. I want Kliff to succeed because he seems like a hard-working dude, but it has to be brutal to be a Tech fan right now.• Tech’s first first down was Mahomes running for it on 4th down on its fourth drive. Little panicky early, eh? What was the last time Tech started a game with four straight three and outs?• Tech had 35 first downs. That’s the most OSU has given up since the TCU game last season when it gave up 36. Also, Tech ran 96 plays to OSU’s 66. That’s insane.• Why doesn’t Tech go full Kingsbury? Go for two after every TD, onside kick every time and never punt on a fourth down. This makes sense, doesn’t it?• It seems unfathomable that one unit in one conference could be as bad as Tech’s defense is.• A game like this seems so mentally draining on offense because of how much you have to grind and feel the pressure to score on every possession. I thought OSU did a good job of staying engaged on offense. It probably helps that you know you’re going to put up video game numbers if you’re even remotely involved.• The helmets look better like this than they did on the field. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


22 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp fears a rampant Vardy

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp fears a rampant Vardyby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is worried facing Leicester City hotshot Jamie Vardy on Saturday after the way his team defended against Red Bull Salzburg.Liverpool beat Salzburg 4-3 in a Champions League thriller at Anfield on Wednesday, but only after surrendering a three-goal lead with what Klopp described as “rubbish” defending. Klopp has warned Vardy will bag five more if there is any repeat of the mistakes that saw Salzburg come back from 3-0 down on Wednesday.“I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will think if we defend like that against Leicester on Saturday, Jamie Vardy will run around our goalkeeper and score five times!” said Klopp. “It wasn’t the goals as such, they played some great football. But we gave the ball away for the first goal, the third goal, and the positioning was just rubbish!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal: Martinelli & Nketiah start

first_imgArsenal will get their pre-season campaign underway with a friendly match against Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Monday evening. It will be the first game since the Gunners’ 4-1 Europa League final loss against London rivals Chelsea.Unai Emery will be dealing with the aftermath of captain Laurent Koscielny’s boycott of their pre-season tour, refusing to travel with the squad in his attempt to force his way out of the club and return to France.After the north London club narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season, Emery has been tasked with returning the club to the top four in the Premier League and challenging for honours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal Date Monday, July 15 Time 9pm ET / 2am BST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match can be watched live on Altitude Sports. US TV channel Online stream Altitude Sports N/A In the UK, the match will be shown on Premier Sports 1 and livestreamed on Premier Sports HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Sports HD Squads & Team News Position Colorado Rapids squad Goalkeepers Howard, Rawls, Irwin Defenders Rosenberry, Opare, Wilson, Smith, Abubakar, Vines, Anderson, Ford, Wynne, Sjoberg Midfielders Blomberg, Acosta, Serna, Price, Mezquida, Bassett, Nicholson Forwards Rubio, Lewis, Kamara, Shinyashiki The Colorado Rapids team includes a couple of familiar names, including ex-Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.Rapids starting XI: Irwin; Anderson, Sjoberg, Opare, Raben; Bassett, Acosta; Blomberg, Mezquida, Serna; Jackson Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Jenkinson, Chambers, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavropanos, Medley, Monreal, Kolasinac, Thompson, Maitland-Niles Midfielders Xhaka, Burton, Olayinka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe Forwards Martinelli, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, John-Jules The biggest absence from the Gunners team is captain Koscielny, while Krystian Bielik has not been included in the squad after being told that he is not in Emery’s plans for the new campaign.Calum Chambers has travelled with the squad after spending last season loan with Fulham.Arsenal starting XI: Macey; Jenkinson, Chambers, Medley, Thompson, Olayinka, Burton, Martinelli, John-Jules, Saka, NketiahBetting & Match Odds Arsenal are favourites to win this match with  Bet365 pricing them at odds of 2/7 to win. The Rapids can be backed at 10/1 , while a draw is available at 17/4 .Match Preview Laurent Koscielny Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal’s match against Colorado Rapids is the first stop of their four-game pre-season tour of North America, which will be followed by tests against Bayern, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.The Gunners have already done business in signing Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano, but Koscielny’s absence – and ongoing transfer saga – will no doubt cause a selection headache for Emery.The 2019-20 campaign will be the third consecutive season in a row that the Londoners have missed out on UCL spot, and Emery’s preparations will have been thrown into further chaos amid his side’s pursuit of Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney .Though there have been no offers for the Frenchman, the defender – who has made over 350 appearances for the club since arriving in 2010 – is looking to finesse a departure with a year remaining on his current deal. Arsenal, meanwhile, are determined not to let him leave for free.While Arsenal are just beginning their preparations for the new season, Tuesday evening’s friendly comes in the middle of Colorado Rapids’ MLS season.It hasn’t been a particularly spectacular campaign for Conor Casey and his side, though, with the Rapids currently 11th in the Western Conference and just goal difference keeping them out of the bottom.The Rapids have, however, won four of their last five MLS home games – coming off the backs of four consecutive losses – and will be optimistic that Tuesday’s match will add to the momentum of aiming to escape the bottom half of the table.last_img read more


Oklahoma’s National Title Odds Have Changed Following Jalen Hurts’ Transfer

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, Lincoln Riley and company at Oklahoma received arguably the best news of the transfer cycle so far. Alabama star Jalen Hurts announced his plans to transfer to Oklahoma and play for the Sooners in 2019.As a graduate of Alabama, Hurts will be immediately eligible to play for the Sooners. With the addition of Hurts to the roster, Oklahoma’s odds to win the national title saw an increase.According to Darren Rovell, Oklahoma went from 20/1 to 14/1 to win the title after landing the star transfer quarterback.With Jalen Hurts in the fold, FanDuel SportsBook has moved Oklahoma from 20/1 to win the national title to 14/1.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 16, 2019With Kyler Murray off the the NFL or MLB or both, that left the Sooners with a question at the quarterback position. Now, Oklahoma can rely on Hurts to lead the team in 2019 with five-star signee Spencer Rattler as the starter in waiting.It was an easy decision for Hurts as Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma have produced back-to-back Heisman Trophy-winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.last_img read more


Sri Lankan cricketers get 15-day amnesty from ICC to report corruption

first_img Reuters ColomboJanuary 10, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 08:53 IST ICC’s decision comes in the wake of a series of corruption cases involving former Sri Lanka internationals (Reuters File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPlayers can be suspended for failing to pass on information about corruptionAnything reported by the SL players between January 16-31 will not attract a chargeFailure to do so, however, could result in a ban from cricket for up to five yearsSri Lankan cricketers have been granted a 15-day amnesty to report previously undisclosed information relating to corruption in the sport, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.The amnesty will apply to all participants under both the ICC and Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) anti-corruption codes who have previously failed to report information relating to wrongdoing.Players can be suspended for failing to pass on information about corruption but anything reported between Jan. 16-31 will not attract a charge, the ICC said in a statement.Failure to do so, however, could result in a ban from cricket for up to five years.The move comes in the wake of a series of corruption cases involving former Sri Lanka internationals and administrators.”This is the first time the ICC has held an amnesty and it is in response to the very specific challenges we face in Sri Lanka,” the general manager of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit Alex Marshall said.”Allowing retrospective reporting of alleged approaches to engage in corrupt conduct will assist in our ongoing and wide-ranging investigations, as well as enabling us to continue to develop a comprehensive picture of the situation there.”Following a meeting in Dubai last month, Sri Lanka’s sports minister Harin Fernando said the ICC had ranked the country’s cricket administration “corrupt from top to bottom”.Former captain and selector Sanath Jayasuriya was charged in October by the ICC for refusing to cooperate with ICC’s anti-corruption unit. He denied any wrongdoing.Former Sri Lankan bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige was charged last year for violating the anti-corruption code relating to a 10-over league in the United Arab Emirates, while the country’s former paceman and bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was provisionally suspended by SLC over match-fixing accusations.advertisementNeither Lokuhettige nor Zoysa has responded publicly to the charges against them.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sri Lanka CricketFollow ICCFollow SCL anti-corruption codesFollow Match-fixing Sri Lankan cricketers get 15-day amnesty from ICC to report corruptionThe amnesty will apply to all participants under both the ICC and Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) anti-corruption codes who have previously failed to report information relating to wrongdoing.advertisementlast_img read more


Anti-Gang Week from September 16 To 21, 2018

first_imgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is collaborating with the Safety and Security Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to observe Anti-Gang Week from September 16 to 21 under the theme ‘Gang Life equals no Life’.     Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Thursday (September 13), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Fitz Bailey, called on churches, non-governmental organisations, public and private entities and schools to support the efforts to stop children from joining gangs.     He said that the entity has been working with the Education Ministry and has put forward interventions to positively impact youth who are predisposed to be involved in gangs.       ACP Bailey said that Anti-Gang Week is designed to “awake the consciousness of the public, so that they can get involved and help to divert our youth from a path that is destructive”.“If we allow the gangs to continue to dominate, then economic development will stagnate, so we must partner to create the brand Jamaica we want,” he contended.   Activities for Anti-Gang Week get under way with a church service on Sunday (September 16) at Church on the Rock, 7 Clifton Avenue, starting at 9:30 a.m.    There will be presentations by school resource and C-TOC officers at more than 150 primary and secondary-level institutions on September 18.  Meanwhile, more than 50 students who are in conflict with the law and are on probation will benefit from special presentations by C-TOC and representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on September 19. A town hall meeting will be held at Mandela Park, Half-WayTree on September 20 starting at 5:00 p.m. The week’s activities will culminate with an ‘edutainment’ at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre on Friday (September 21). ACP Bailey is encouraging parents and teachers to participate in the interventions.last_img read more


KMC plans to set up residential school for boys

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation is planning to set up a residential school for boys which will be the first of its kind in the city. This school will come up at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore area in south Kolkata.The school will have facility to lodge students for a duration of 12 hours from 6.30 am to 6.30 in the evening. There will be facilities for their bath, breakfast lunch as well as tiffin in the evening, before they return home. “There are a number of students in schools run by us whose parents leave for work early in the morning and return in the evening. After they leave these kids skip school and roam here and there. The parents will drop these kids in the school and we will take care of them through out the day. They will receive education as well as food and other facilities ,” said a senior official of the Education department of the civic body. The KMC will recruit non teaching staffs to take care of the kids after their school hours. There are two schools located at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore among which one school is entirely for boys. “KMC’s plan is to upgrade the boys school to residential facilities having a capacity to lodge 100 students,” the official added. A similar school with residential facilities for girls is being set up at Kashiswari Chatterjee Lane in ward 1 of the civic body. Work for the school has already started. KMC maintains a total of 257 primary schools in the city and the student strength is over 25,000. Most of the students studying in KMC schools hail from poor financial background. It may be mentioned that the infrastructure of KMC schools have witnessed a sea change, since it was taken over by the Trinamool Congress board in 2010. The Education department has introduced Hindi medium, Urdu Medium and English medium schools catering to the demand of the people in different localities in the city.last_img read more


Maxime Bernier tells party faithfuls he will make it into the leaders

first_imgOTTAWA — Maxime Bernier says not inviting him to take part in the official election debates means excluding the only political party leader who has anything different to say.Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, says the Liberals, the Conservatives, the NDP, the Greens and the Bloc Quebecois all share similar views on things like immigration, climate change and supply management in the dairy sector.Speaking to his candidates and supporters at his party’s first national gathering in Gatineau, Que., on Sunday, Bernier dismissed his political rivals as espousing varying degrees of left-leaning views, including the Conservatives.He accused both the Conservatives, a party he represented for over a decade, and the Liberals of pandering to special interest groups, and that his party, which he said does not do any polling, will campaign according to its principles.Those other parties have all qualified for the debates, to be held Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, under criteria established by the federal government.Bernier said he is confident the head of the Leaders’ Debates Commission will change his mind and allow him to join the others onstage.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Imagination Park Entertainment Set to Produce Michael Bisping Documentary THE RECOUNT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Michael Bisping stated: “I firmly believe that Imagination Park is one of the best production companies in the world.  I’m thrilled to be working with them once again.  My journey as a professional fighter was an emotional rollercoaster with the highest highs and the lowest lows. I often considered throwing in the towel, before I achieved my lifelong dream of becoming Champion of the World.  Having worked with Imagination Park previously on a VR project we did, which turned out exceptional, I fully expect Imagination Park to capture my story with the same passion and drive I implemented throughout my career.  We are all very excited to get this going.”Yas Taalat, Chief Creative Officer at Imagination Park stated: “Michael Bisping is one of the most loyal, caring, humble, and talented people I’ve ever met and to get the chance to work with him and tell his life story is beyond special.  This is a guy who had to sleep in his car at times, working towards an opportunity to show the world what he is capable of.  Bisping is a special kind of athlete, the real life Rocky Balboa but he is also a compassionate man that cares about his beautiful family deeply and together they’ve proved nothing can get in their way.  This is an amazing story, with amazing people and we are excited to share it with the world.” Advertisement Facebook Gabriel Napora, Chairman of the Board of Imagination Park, added:  “Michael is both a friend and colleague.  To be able to do a documentary on his life is a great honor.  We feel this positions Imagination Park in the sports marketplace for both film and augmented reality.”Acclaimed Director Michael Hamilton, will be directing the project, having just wrapped and premièred the highly anticipated I AM MLK, a feature documentary on the iconic civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, for Paramount Network.  “I’m a story teller, so I’m honored to join this creative team to tell the incredible story of Michael Bisping and what he has accomplished in and out of the Octagon.”Adam Scorgie, Producer of award winning documentaries like The Culture High and Ice Guardians noted: “Michael is a UFC legend and one of the pioneers of British mixed martial arts. I am beyond excited to work with Michael and Imagination Park on this documentary.”Rocky Mudaliar, CEO of Abrupt Films and Head of Acquisitions at Mammoth Media, said: “Bisping is undoubtedly a global sporting superstar. Michael has gone through an amazing journey and we are beyond ecstatic to tell his story.”About Imagination ParkAn emerging leader in digital content production, Imagination Park creates and delivers transformational experiences through the production and distribution of intellectual property for film, virtual reality, augmented reality & mixed reality in North America and China.Through its joint venture company XenoHolographic, it creates novel holographic content and provides augmented reality products for both phones and wearable headsets, as well as rapid deployment of AR solutions, without the need for developers, while integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and Blockchain.FACEBOOK: Advertisementcenter_img VANCOUVER, April 12, 2018 – Imagination Park Entertainment Inc. is pleased to announce an agreement to produce a documentary with UFC Legend, Michael “The Count” Bisping with the working title “THE RECOUNT”.  THE RECOUNT will go into production in June 2018and is anticipated to be broadcast on Super Channel, a Canadian English language Category A premium cable and satellite television channel owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc.  THE RECOUNT tells the story of Michael’s career inside and outside the ring, as a loving husband and father to the winningest UFC fighter in history.  It is anticipated the documentary will result in revenue to the Company of C$450,000.   The project will be produced and executive produced by Adam Scorgie, Yas Taalat, Gabriel Napora, Rocky Mudaliar and Ben Lu. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


France Wont Use its Veto on the Sahara Gérard Araud

first_imgNew York- Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a Tweet on Friday that his country would not use its veto power in the Security Council against any resolution on the Sahara. The French diplomat was apparently answering the Polisario and its supporters, who accused France of its willingness to use its veto to block any resolution that doesn’t take into account Morocco’s interests.“Once for all and I stop here. France has NOT threatened to use its veto directly or not. The last French veto was in the 80s,” the French diplomat said. The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on the renewal of the MINURSO’s mandate on April 23rd. But as in recent years, France won’t have to use its veto power, since the draft resolution that is being circulated to the Security Council members does not include any provision calling for the extension of MINURSO’s mandate to include a human rights monitoring mechanism, a position that has been defended in recent years by the Polisario and its supporters, mainly Algeria, South Africa and Nigeria.In all likelihood the French Ambassador made this tweet while being sure that the UNSC resolution on the renewal of MINURSO’s mandate will be adopted by consensus as has been the case in recent years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more


Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero arrested granted bail

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was arrested by the Police Organised Crimes division today.The monk was arrested after he appeared before the Police Organised Crimes division. He was produced in court and granted bail. Gnanasara Thero earlier surrendered to the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.The Colombo Fort Magistrate also released Gnanasara Thero on bail. Two warrants had been issued against Gnanasara Thero. The monk has however been evading arrest. The Police said that it could not find Gnanasara Thero and so could not arrest him. (Colombo Gazette) read more


We need a national flood program Insurance Bureau of Canada

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ian Campbell Posted Nov 28, 2015 8:07 am MDT 660 NEWS We need a national flood program: Insurance Bureau of Canada A big move this week by the Insurance Bureau of Canada – which took the step of calling for a national flood program to be led by the private sector.The speech was made at an Economic Club of Canada event – the IBC credits climate change in driving up the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.The Calgary flood in 2013 alone was declared Canada’s costliest-ever natural disaster.President and CEO Don Forgeron says mitigation and preparedness is vital.“Making the coverage available certainly is important, but that’s not going to solve the problem, obviously. We’re really just talking about a more mature, disciplined way to compensate Canadians.”He adds it will need a multi-pronged approach complete with the upgrading of aging infrastructure. read more


UN and Japan sign agreement to combat illicit drugs and human trafficking

The Joint Action Plan of Action between the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Japan was signed at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which concluded earlier today in Yokohama, Japan.“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Government of Japan have a long and fruitful history of cooperation across the globe, in areas ranging from countering illicit narcotic drugs, combating terrorism and strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. I welcome this new Joint Plan of Action, which will serve to strengthen our efforts still further,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.“We know that insecurity and conflict fuel crime while drugs and crime fuel conflict and undermine security. Addressing these threats can contribute to building peace and promoting human security within and across regions,” he added.While in Japan, Mr. Fedotov met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, together with other heads of international organizations, to discuss Japan’s support for UNODC’s work. He also addressed participants at TICAD V, including during a session on peacebuilding efforts and a symposium on human security in which he emphasized the agency’s integrated approach working with regional partners in West Africa and the Sahel.The Sahel region – which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea – suffers from extreme poverty, with human development levels among the lowest in the world, porous borders that present security challenges, as well as significant human rights problems.As part of its efforts to assist development, humanitarian and security assistance in the Sahel region and to help tends of thousands of African find jobs, Japan today announced a $1 billion fund. The fund is part of a $32 billion contribution to scale up TICAD’s agenda in Africa over the next five years, focusing on peace and stability, building robust and sustainable economies, and promoting inclusive and resilient societies. Participants at TICAD V today issued the Yokohama Declaration, which calls on African countries to unleash the continent’s business and trade potential while improving well-being through agricultural development, job creation and promotion of food security.As part of the overall Action Plan, Africa will aim for six percent growth in the agriculture sector and a doubling of rice production by 2018 from its 2008 level.“The challenge for Africa now is to transform economies so that agriculture becomes more productive, manufacturing flourishes, and high value service industries emerge,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.UNDP co-organized TICAD V, along with the Government of Japan, the World Bank, the African Union (AU) and the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA). read more


Braxton leads St Francis Pa over Niagara 7975

LORETTO, Pa. — Keith Braxton had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and scored the go-ahead basket in the final minute to help St. Francis (Pa.) beat Niagara 79-75 on Friday night.With the game tied at 75, Braxton drove down the left side of the lane and finished a short jumper off the glass to give the Red Flash (3-4) the lead with 26 seconds to go. James Towns missed a layup at the other end, Braxton grabbed the rebound and got fouled, making both foul shots to secure the win with eight seconds left.St. Francis had a 17-point lead in the first half, but the Purple Eagles (2-4) erased the deficit and took the lead at 50-48 on Keleaf Tate’s 3-pointer with 14:17 left. St. Francis immediately retook the lead and Niagara never led again, but tied it with 59 seconds left on Towns’ 3-pointer.Luidgy Laporal added 11 points for St. Francis, which improved to 3-0 at home.Dominic Robb had 22 points, Towns scored 16 and Tate added 15 for Niagara.The Associated Press read more


After clinching first Big Ten title in program history OSU ready for

After winning a share of its first Big Ten championship in program history, the No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team (14-4-1, 8-2-0) is now looking forward to making the most of the subsequent NCAA tournament bid that came with the conference title. The Buckeyes earned the No. 3 seed in their region and will host the first two rounds of the tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU will face St. Francis (Pa.) (15-4-2) on Friday, and the winner of the match will advance to face the winner of Dayton and Virginia Tech on Sunday. “We’re excited to host St. Francis and we’re excited to be home, playing in the NCAAs,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. “I really think that the team has recovered well from the excitement of winning a Big Ten championship.” Senior midfielder Courtney Jenkins said her team’s historic accomplishment hasn’t set in yet, but that St. Francis is the only game on the Buckeyes’ minds. “We came up a little short last year and that was our main goal this year and it’s just kind of hard to believe that we actually did it,” Jenkins said. “We play St. Francis on Friday and that’s the only game we’re looking at right now. So we’re going to get a win there and just prepare after that.” The Buckeyes earned their share of the Big Ten title when they beat Michigan State last week in a 1-0 decision. The win avenges a loss to the Spartans last season in a game that would have given OSU a share of the Big Ten crown, which went to Penn State. Forward Paige Maxwell said this year’s championship brought closure to last year’s heartbreak. “We got so close, and not everyone gets a chance to do it again exactly the same way we did last year,” Maxwell said. “It’s kind of nice to brag about it.” The Buckeyes followed last year’s disappointing end to the regular season with a disappointing end to the postseason when they dropped their first-round match to Oregon State, 3-1. Maxwell said this season’s opponent, along with the Buckeyes’ preparation, should help avoid another upset. “Just focus on St. Francis right now. Take it a game at a time. We know a few things about St. Francis, so I say it’s a comfortable job for us,” Maxwell said. “Last year with Oregon State, we didn’t know anything about them. I’d say this year it’s just one game at a time.” On-the-field success translated into postseason honors for the Buckeyes, who were awarded three of the four individual Big Ten honors this season as Maxwell was named the Offensive Player of the Year, senior defender Cassie Dickerson was named Defensive Player of the Year, and Walker was named Coach of the Year. Both Maxwell and Dickerson were named first team All-Big Ten, as was sophomore midfielder Tiffany Cameron. Other Buckeyes recognized for their play this season include midfielder Danica Wu and goalie Rachel Middleman, who were named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team, and senior defender Lauren Beachy, who was named as OSU’s Sportsmanship Award Honoree. OSU enters the postseason on an impressive defensive streak, having only given up multiple goals in a game once in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes made a late season switch in goal, replacing Middleman with junior Katie Baumgardner, who was named this week’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. “She’s come up huge,” Jenkins said. “She’s a junior for us, so her leadership back there and just her vocal presence has been a big help for us.” Although the player in net for the Buckeyes has changed, Walker said her team’s philosophy hasn’t heading into the postseason. “They’re really staying open to coaching, which this point in the season can sometimes be difficult,” Walker said. “We’re just going to kind of stay put with what we’ve been doing all year, which is just taking it one game at a time.” read more


Man charged with Derry murder after week long crossborder manhunt

first_imgA MAN HAS been charged with the murder of Barry McCrory in Derry following a week long manhunt involving both the gardaí and PSNI.McCrory was shot dead near his home on Shipquay Street in the city and a cross border operation was launched in search of the suspect.This afternoon Kieran McLaughlin was charged with his murder and has also been charged with firearms offences. He will appear before Derry Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.The man has not been formally named by police but only one person has been arrested in connection with the murder.Kieran McLaughlin was arrested following a manhunt that at one point led to gardaí surrounding a house in Donegal only to find it empty.The PSNI had also taken the unusual step of releasing a photograph of McLaughlin and warning the public not to approach him.Read: Armed operation at house in Donegal ends without arrest >Read: Man shot dead in Derry city centre >last_img read more


Nintendo 3DS stolen from production line and disassembled

first_imgWith the Japanese launch of the 3DS just over a month away Nintendo must have growing stockpiles of 3DS hardware waiting to be shipped. That also means there are production factories in Taiwan full of people putting the 3DS together and handling the final units.One of those people decided to steal a finished 3DS and then disassemble it taking photos at every stage. While most of us would prefer to have a working 3DS in our hands, it’s interesting to see what’s inside Nintendo’s latest handheld.There’s 30 images in total, some of which we have included here. Check out the TVGZone link below for the full gallery.3ds_013ds_013ds_023ds_033ds_043ds_05Read more at TVGZone, via Nintendo 3DS blogMatthew’s OpinionIt looks as though the 3DS is quite easy to take apart and explore. That’s good news for hackers eager to get hold of the device to try and circumvent the region locking Nintendo has decided to implement.As you can see, Nintendo managed to fit a 1300mAh reachargeable battery inside. This may be one of the issues with the 3DS after launch due to the quoted battery life time of between 3-5 hours. If it’s really bad I think we’ll see some peripheral manufacturers looking to release an additional clip-on battery for the unit.The unit certainly looks packed full of components, but as is always the case, within a year some of these parts will have shrunk or combined to save space. That will allow Nintendo to update the design which could mean lower power use and more space available for including a larger battery. I doubt many gamers will wait for version 2 of the 3DS to arrive, though.last_img read more